May 18, 2017

Larry Stettner's obituary, a most beloved member of our faculty.

Larry Stettner  (1938-2017)

     Dr. Larry Stettner, retired Wayne State University Psychology Professor and past President of WSU’s AAUP, died after a heart attack in Southwest Harbor, Maine, on May 1, 2017.  Born in Brooklyn and an honors graduate of Brooklyn College, he received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1963.  Hired into the Biopsychology Area of the WSU Psychology Department, he and his family moved to Detroit.  In 1967, he was awarded a year’s leave and an NIH grant for research at the NIH Lab in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  His research interests early in his career involved animal models.  He studied learning in birds after brain lesions and co-authored a widely reprinted 1968 paper in Scientific American, “The Brain of Birds”.  His teaching and research reflected his ethological perspective.  His course on animal behavior was popular and former students report that his primatology course was unforgettable.  He formed an affiliation with the Detroit Zoo that allowed his students to carry out observational studies of primates.  In one course, students studied a troop with female adults, but no male adults, and watched leaders emerge.  Later in his career he focused on several aspects of human behavior: human sexuality, facial expressions of emotion, and alexithymia.  One of his frequent collaborators in the study of alexithymia was Dr. Mark Lumley.

     Larry was active in establishing the faculty union at WSU, was a member of the union’s negotiating team many times, and served as AAUP President.  He greatly enjoyed teaching and was known as one of the most accepting, supportive professors in the Department.  Absolutely exuberant about his subject matter and his students, he received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987.  The framed award document was proudly displayed in his office until he retired and then in his home study in Maine. 
more at WSU Psychology Department 

May 5, 2017

Oakland University's new president.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education's email Your Daily Briefing

Oakland University might have narrowly avoided a faculty rebellion with its choice of a new president, Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, a pediatric endocrinologist and former chief executive officer of the University of Michigan Health System. A survey conducted by Oakland’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors found intense opposition to the other finalist, Carl T. Camden, chief executive officer of Kelly Services, a temporary-staffing company based in Michigan. More than seven in 10 respondents expressed strong disagreement when asked if Mr. Camden would advance the university’s academic mission. Many expressed bewilderment that he topped a national search, and a few threatened to resign if he was picked. –Peter Schmidt

May 4, 2017

The Secretary of Education: The Devil is in the Details

AAUP-AFT Local 6075 member, Linda Joy Johnson, writes this article, driving home the points about Betsy DeVos that are bad for education.    Just this last weekend at the AFT Higher Ed conference here in Detroit, Randi Weingarten, president of AFT, said she has started calling DeVos a  #PublicEducationDenier.

"Critics say Michigan’s laissez-faire attitude about charter-school regulation has led to marginal and, in some cases, terrible schools in the state’s poorest communities as part of a system dominated by for-profit operators. Charter-school growth has also weakened the finances and enrollment of traditional public-school districts like Detroit’s, at a time when many communities are still recovering from the economic downturn that hit Michigan’s auto industry particularly hard."  — Politico
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May 2, 2017

Call for Nominations: ASSC 2017-18

Nominations for Co-Chair, Secretary, and two (2) Member-at-Large positions are now being accepted.

Nomination forms must be returned to the AAUP-AFT office by 5:00 p.m., on Friday, 5/12/17. Completed forms may be scanned and e-mailed to, ordropped off to the Union Office (at the address listed above).

Nominators and Nominees must be employed as Academic Staff, and be current AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 full Union Members.  Please consider nominating yourself or a respected colleague.

When submitting your nomination form, please include a short bio on who you are, and a statement on why you are running.  It should take up one-half (1/2) page, or be approximately two hundred fifty (250) words in length.

Call the AAUP-AFT office at 313-577-1750 to get the nomination form, as well as a pdf file of the Call for Nominations and the nomination form instructions for your use, and to share with your bargaining unit member co-workers.

Your participation in this important committee of the Local Union is greatly encouraged.

Call for AAUP-AFT Liaisons to Academic Senate / Opportunity to Serve

The AAUP-AFT is currently seeking 7 Union members to serve as a Union Liaison on each of the University's Academic Senate Committees for the next two (2) academic years, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
Liaisons are an integral part of providing effective communication and coordination between the Academic Senate and the AAUP-AFT in an effort to serve the interests of our membership and the University as a whole.
Committees include:
For information regarding the charge of each committee go to:
If you are interested in serving as the AAUP-AFT Liaison, please send an email to the Union office by May 31, 2017 with your CV, resume, or professional record and a brief explanation, approximately 250 words, as to why you would like to serve.

The Union's Executive Board will give full consideration to each applicant and make its selection by August 1, 2017Please feel free to contact the Union office with any questions you may have..